The Elbe River rises in the Czech Republic and flows into Germany, passing a multitude of famous landmarks along the way, both natural and man-made. An Elbe River Cruise is for people who love discovering the past as well as natural beauty. These itineraries generally start or ends in Berlin or Prague (2 amazing destination unto themselves!). Popular cruise ports include Prague, Dresden, Meissen, Torgau, Wittenberg, Dessau and Berlin. As you may already know, Prague is the fairytale city that many travelers want to visit, and its landmarks include the impressive Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral and Charles Bridge. Also, take some time to visit Old Town Square and enjoy traditional Czech food and drink prepared in the outdoor marketplace.
Your ship will cruise through Decin and Bad Schandau, before arriving in Dresden. Dresden’s elegant Baroque buildings have been reconstructed since their destruction during World War II. Since the detailed restoration of elegant Baroque splendours, calling at Dresden is now a highlight of an Elbe River Cruise. It is famous for Semper Opera House, Dresden Castle and Zwinger Palace.
If you are interested in the history of the porcelain trade you will enjoy the stop in Meissen. For approximately 200 years Europeans were passionate about porcelain from China. In the early 18th century, German craftsmen discovered a way to make high-quality porcelain, and Chinese style porcelain has been manufactured in Meissen from that time. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of these porcelain factories, as well as a porcelain museum during your time in Meissen.
Wittenberg, the birthplace of the Protestant Reformation, is another famous stop along the Elbe. If you like discovering history, you’ll love this city. There are many historic landmarks including Luther’s House and St. Marien’s Church where he preached. You can even Tour the Castle Church where Luther posted his “95 Theses”.
Finally, Berlin is also a wonderful historic destination. Enjoy a tour of this vibrant capital city of Germany which has seen dramatic changes in the last century. See the historic Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Reichstag with its splendorous glass dome and many other iconic areas. And don’t forget that you can always add an extra night to either end of your cruise. With so much to explore in both Berlin and Prague you may find that 1 day is just not enough!
There are many itineraries to choose from, including Viking’s Elbe River Cruise – an 8-day itinerary including a river-view stateroom and 1-night stay in each of First-Class Hilton Berlin/Prague Hotel. All onboard meals are included ( 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners), featuring regional specialties. Viking also provides complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with a butler service. Don’t hesitate to join this amazing Elbe River Cruise!